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1 In 3 Americans Are On File In The FBI's Criminal Database

The FBI has over 77.7 million Americans in its master database of criminals. And according to the Wall Street Journal, they’re adding between 10,000 and 12,000 new names per day. That means that roughly one out of every three American adults has a file with the FBI.


Why The FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI’s nearly 20-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices rather than help you increase it. Here’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s response.


US Authorities Think Hacking Silk Road With No Warrant Was Perfectly OK

Here’s some not-so-surprising news for you: US prosecutors apparently think it’s perfectly fine to hack into American citizens’ computers without first obtaining a warrant. After all, that’s how they caught Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht.


FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs The Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey, who is “very concerned” about the matter. He’s so concerned that the FBI’s had conversations with Apple and Google about how they’re marketing the devices. And Comey wants the world to know that he’s upset.


The FBI Just Finished Its Insane New Facial Recognition System

After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of US citizen’s faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis.


The NSA Made Its Own Google To Help Share Your Data With Cops

Well, here’s timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a “Google-like” search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen US government organisations, including the FBI and the DEA.


The Ultra-Laborious Way The FBI Matched Fingerprints To Paper Files

The FBI just switched over to Next-Generation Identification, a new digital system for keeping track of the 83 million fingerprint cards the bureau maintains. That means dismantling thousands of filing cabinets that were once hand-searched by Bureau employees, twenty-four hours a day. Here’s how they did it.


FBI Facial Recognition Caught A Fugitive On The Run For 14 Years

The FBI’s facial recognition initiative is big and getting bigger. And it’s just proved that it works too, by helping capture a fugitive who’s been on the run for 14 years, during testing in Asia.


FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware To Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor’s had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organisation made the difficult announcement that an attack on its system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually unchecked by the courts.


The FBI's Worried That Self-Driving Cars Could Be Turned Into Weapons

An internal FBI report obtained by The Guardian speculates about what the roads will look like when they’re packed with driverless cars. And because it’s the FBI, there’s a gloomy analysis of how criminals could exploit our autonomous automotive future.


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